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December 17, 2018

Readers sound off on Kavanaugh, Ford and the Supreme Court

September 29, 2018
Say no. (MICHAEL REYNOLDS / AFP/Getty Images)

A judge unfit for the Supreme Court

Manhattan: The Supreme Court is a collaborative body. Based on his behavior in Thursday’s hearing, Brett Kavanaugh is combative, not collaborative. By figuratively throwing Sen. Amy Klobuchar up against the wall during her questioning of him, he demonstrated an inability to handle stress and the propensity to act violently when he doesn’t get his way. And I presume he hadn’t been drinking before the hearing.

He doesn’t even show decency to his family, nor respect for the Court, nor shame before his Catholic faith, nor sound judgment to call for the FBI to reopen a background check so that the witnesses and facts that have since surfaced can be objectively investigated. I wonder how an experienced sex-crimes detective would appraise his performance. I fear the far-reaching impact of this hearing will be to further intimidate survivors from coming forward. What a loss for them, our communities and our country. Susan Kain




Partisan mess

Astoria: The Kavanaugh/Ford train wreck is so obviously contrived nonsense designed to ensure no ideological shift on the Supreme Court. After 36 years, this woman is suddenly traumatized that he made a drunken sexual advance on her when they were in high school? Right. This is a cynical two-pronged Democrat strategy. Even if it doesn’t work, they can play the Republicans as condoning sexual assault going into the midterms. The more important issue here though, is the naked sexism on display by Democrats like Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, asserting that not only does Brett Kavanaugh deserve no presumption of innocence, he’s obviously guilty by her testimony alone. Brad Morris

Democrat smear campaign

Glen Oaks Village: I watched the Senate hearing that was to determine if Judge Brett Kavanaugh committed sexual assault against Christine Blasey Ford. The answer was he said/she said. But the character assassination of Kavanaugh by Democrats I find quite sad and despicable. To destroy a good man and to bring such pain to his family and those around him who believe in him is unjustified without evidence or witnesses. Unacceptable. Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Two peas in a pod

Brooklyn: Of course Donald Trump is going to back Brett Kavanaugh. He’s a debaucher just like the judge. Marty Schatzman

Unhinged Left

Coram, L.I.: Last time I looked, I was under the impression we were living in a democracy, not a totalitarian state. The progressives, liberal Dems, the left-wingers, etc., are a bunch of two-faced hypocrites who are in favor of “free speech” when they are the ones speaking. They are against bullying and protecting animal rights, etc., but they thought nothing of chasing Sen. Ted Cruz and Sarah Huckabee Sanders out of restaurants or disrupting hearings (which they were privileged to attend) and engaging in smear campaigns. Sen. Dianne Feinstein was not very fine, nor was Sen. Kamala Harris, if they withheld information in July when they were “interrogating” Kavanaugh, waiting until the 11th hour to drop the other shoe. The drama of Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Cory Booker along with Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand leaves much to be desired. Seems like they will use any dirty trick to forward their cause. Hope it backfires on them in the coming elections. Arlene Reilly

Double-standard Don

La Quinta, Calif.: How ironic that President Trump tweeted of the attempted rape claim against Brett Kavanaugh, “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local law enforcement authorities by either her or her loving parents.” Two years ago at the first presidential debate, he brought Juanita Broaddrick for a press conference and for a front-row seat. She claimed that Bill Clinton had raped her 38 years before. She first made the claim of rape 21 years after it had allegedly occurred and after she had signed an affidavit that it hadn’t happened. No charges were ever filed. After the debate in 2016, Donald Trump called Broaddrick “courageous” and said it was his honor to help her. Did I say ironic? I meant hypocritical. Michael Friedman

Frat boy thumbs down

Brooklyn: Judge Kavanaugh’s high school drinking and alleged assaults have been called “frat boy” stuff, while Trump’s talk of his adult groping of women was called “locker-room banter,” as if those descriptions make the behaviors okay. Is it really okay to accept that boys and men grope, restrain, choke and thrust penises toward girls or women who have not consented? Do these descriptions normalize and allow us to accept such repulsive behavior? What message are we sending to our sons? Some have expressed concern that not approving Kavanaugh for this “supreme” promotion will ruin his life. What about the decades-long trauma of Christine Blasey Ford? Congress, and Republicans in particular, must reject this nomination. Because if they let it go, and afford Kavanaugh such an exalted position, they will be complicit in the ongoing sexual assault of millions of girls and women. Judy Arnow

A real investigation

Sayville, L.I.: As an experienced detective and investigator, I am glad the Republicans have accepted calls for a full investigation regarding all the facts of the Kavanaugh investigation. As any quality investigator would tell you, this must include a “full victimology” into all complainants. This would include a full background check on witness and complainant medical and financial records, as well as prior complaints. What medications are they taking and who is paying their bills? These are standard investigation techniques that need to be followed to find the facts to find links and motive between victims and perpetrators. I’d be curious if the Democratic Party would agree to all that. Edward J. McBride

Not just abuse

Mt. Sinai, L.I.: Regardless of Judge Kavanaugh’s alleged past sexual proclivities, he is still unacceptable to be a member of the Supreme Court. His negative rulings on birth control, abortion, LGBT rights and separation of church/state issues are far too radical for him to render any critically thought out decisions without religious bias. He may very well be innocent of these current allegations of sexual improprieties, but he is still lacking the pulse of this nation in his minority viewpoints. Karl Bean

Who nose the truth?

Bayonne: I could not avoid the Kavanaugh hearings on TV Thursday and was actually, to my surprise, intrigued by same. Whether guilty of stated charges or not, the man who is vying for a lifetime Supreme Court nomination did, as observed by a commentator, come across as belligerent, rude and not of a temperament suited for this position. What was with the nose twitching? A body-language assessment, please. Carol Madden




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